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Fashion and Consignment Shopping – An Unlikely Coupling or a Growing Trend?

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Aug 2016

Fashion and Consignment Shopping – An Unlikely Coupling or a Growing Trend?

This article was published by Apparel Magazine on August 8, 2016 The foundation of the fashion industry has been built on brands and retailers persuading women to re-fill their closets, investing in “must haves” each season. But this premise is losing ground as consumers realize they don’t need brand new outfits to look stylish, nor follow the fashion dictates of magazine editors. The internet is…

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Retail Leader Allen Questrom on the State of the Industry, Fast Fashion, Gender Pay Equity and More

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May 2016

Retail Leader Allen Questrom on the State of the Industry, Fast Fashion, Gender Pay Equity and More

Allen Questrom Speaks His Mind on Fast Fashion, Fixing Stores and What They Lack Retail’s Mr. Fix It lays out his prescription for turnarounds and helping department stores. Published by Women’s Wear Daily May 4, 2016 By David Moin NEW YORK — “The retailing business is not dead. I don’t think the world is coming to an end.” So said Allen Questrom, the former chairman…

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Why the Licensing of Luxury Brands Can Pose a Risk

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Apr 2016

Why the Licensing of Luxury Brands Can Pose a Risk

I’ve posted blogs about retail and fashion brands moving into branded restaurants and food, seemingly unrelated to their apparel and accessory businesses.  Brand stretching — going well beyond core products entails risk if not carefully executed. High end fashion and luxury brands may be more vulnerable to dilution since their core customer takes pride in knowing that his or her purchases will not be over-distributed…

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Charming Charlie-Manhattan

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Jan 2016

Must See NYC Retailers in 2016

The National Retail Federation annual meeting convened last week with much discussion about the myriad of  headwinds facing retailers in 2016. Amidst the challenges of shifting consumer behavior, harnessing technology advancements, and unpredictable weather patterns that many retailers are grappling with, smart merchants are finding solutions in the design, product offers and customer service at their physical stores. It’s enlightening to see those who’ve developed…

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Let the Consumers Talk—How Retailers and Brands Can Capitalize on Product Intelligence, the 21st Century Way

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Dec 2015

Let the Consumers Talk—How Retailers and Brands Can Capitalize on Product Intelligence, the 21st Century Way

Consumers want it all–the right product and price, convenience, and mobile access everywhere. Given rapid technology changes, retailers who utilize the abundance of consumer and shopping data available and understand how to turn the findings into timely actions will win. Gone are the days when assessing purchase trends was limited to analyzing retailer’s POS/EDI reports. Or for brands to gather the aforementioned retailer reports, take…

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At Space Ninety 8 you can go right from shopping to cocktails.

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Nov 2015

Urban Outfitters and Ralph Lauren Capitalize on Food and Drinks

Last year I wrote a blog post about retailers putting coffee shops in their stores. It detailed how Club Monaco, Uniglo, and Urban Outfitters have installed Toby’s Estate Coffee, Starbucks and restaurants such as The Gorbals into their New York City locations to offer more than just apparel to their customers. This week Urban Outfitters announced the purchase of the Vetri Family Group of restaurants. Included…

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Jimmy Fallon Gets Into Sports Licensing

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Oct 2015

Jimmy Fallon Gets Into Sports Licensing

Another celebrity has entered the licensing game. Earlier this month Jimmy Fallon, host of the Tonight Show and GIII sportswear announced a partnership for a new brand concept called Hands High with the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB sports leagues. Fallon’s apparel idea, which he shared with his Tonight Show audience  http://tinyurl.com/ob3vknp  is to use “beachfront” property, blank space under the arm of team sweatshirts…

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Lifestyle Brands and Collegiate Apparel – A Winning Combination

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Sep 2015

Lifestyle Brands and Collegiate Apparel – A Winning Combination

  Pink by Victoria’s Secret, Vineyard Vines, Vera Bradley, Dooney and Burke, Ralph Lauren, Peter Millar, Brooks Brothers, Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, Champion, Dockers, Carhartt and Old Navy — all have a common link. Each one is finding success licensing college trademarks in what has become an almost $5 billion dollar business. By moving into this segment, fashion and lifestyle brands can count on appealing…

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Let’s Get Digital Tech-inspired properties are poised to take off in 2016

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Aug 2015

Let’s Get Digital Tech-inspired properties are poised to take off in 2016

  The future is now, according to industry chatter at the 35th Licensing Expo which took place in Las Vegas June 9-11. Looking ahead was the growing importance of digital platforms as a showcase for new and existing brands. One example? Awesomeness TV, a teen focused You Tube channel, recently started a consumer products division to capitalize on merchandising concepts inspired by its roster of…

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